A couple from Abernathy won a $177 million jackpot in Arkansas in the March 31 Mega Millions drawing.
Eliberto and Anita Cantu claimed the prize Monday during a press conference in Arkansas.
They chose to take the prize as a lump sum so the amount was $72,901,274. The State of Arkansas said it took $7,504,543 in taxes.
Their son, Rodrigo Cantu, spoke on their behalf. He said the couple’s home town is Abernathy while a lottery official described them as being from Lubbock.
Either way, the younger Cantu said his mom and dad plan to use the money to build two new churches – one in Abernathy and one in Post.
Rodrigo said his dad was in Arkansas as part of a five-week construction job.
“He buys tickets quite a bit, and that morning he stopped at a Valero,” Rodrigo said. “His coworkers didn’t want to stop, but he convinced them to stop so he could get a lottery ticket and coffee.”
Technically the Cantu’s were winners twice over in that drawing.
“They also won three dollars as well,” Rodrigo said.
Rodrigo said his mom and dad are ages 71 and 68.
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